What is Pancreatitis? (Definition)
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, the large organ behind the stomach that produces digestive enzymes and releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. Pancreatic damage happens when the digestive enzymes are activated before they are released into the small intestine and begin attacking the pancreas. The two main forms of pancreatitis are acute and chronic.
Signs and symptoms of pancreatitis include pain in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting. The pain often goes into the back and is usually severe. In acute pancreatitis a fever may occur and symptoms typically resolve in a few days. In chronic pancreatitis weight loss, fatty stool, and diarrhea may occur. Complications may include infection, bleeding, diabetes mellitus, or problems with other organs.
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